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Twins?
« on: September 21, 2012, 04:54:30 PM »

Other than Catherine de Medici's birth of twin daughters, does anyone know of any other births of twins born between 1066 and 1485 (and yes I am particularly interested in English, Scottish, Welsh or Irish births)?

Also was there any superstitions about twins from the Medieval period?

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« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2012, 01:01:27 PM »
Hi. I have had a quick look through Weir and I can only find 2 sets of twins within the period you have specified ( although "and had issue" appears a lot and some of the issue may have been a twin pregnancy).
Edward 1 daughter, Elizabeth married Humphrey de Bohun and had twin boys.. William Earl of Northampton, and Edward. They were born circa 1310/1312.


James 1st of Scotland married Joan Beaufort, there was a twin pregnancy here resulting in Alexander who died on the same day as his birth ( 1430 ) and James who was the younger twin and became James 11.

The only myth I can recall and I cannot remember where I heard it was that people from the early medieval period believed that twins were the product of 2 separate fathers !!
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Re: Twins?
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2012, 01:48:08 PM »
Mary, Queen of Scots miscarried twins fathered by her third husband, Lord Bothwell

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Re: Twins?
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2012, 02:19:54 PM »
Yes but OP specifies the dates 1066 and 1485.
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Re: Twins?
« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2012, 03:43:03 PM »
Thanks Kimberly and Suzanne, very helpful.

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« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2012, 05:21:40 AM »
Outside royalty there were two important 12th century noblemen, Robert de Beaumont, Earl of Leicester (1104-68) and Waleran de Beaumont, Count of Meulan (1104-66), the twin sons of Robert de Beaumont, Earl of Leicester. Robert inherited their father's English lands, and Waleran the Norman lands.

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« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2013, 02:30:06 PM »
In the french Capet dynasty, king Charles VII had twins daughters : Marie (07/09/1438+1439) and Jeanne (07/09/1438+26/12/1446), and king Philippe II had twins sons in 1190 , king Louis VIII had 2 twins sons in 1213